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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: May 22, 2012 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reverb Nation gives GD a rank #226 - WtF!?

Don't pay any attention to the rankings. My friend's jazz fusion band "The Power Squids" are on Reverb Nation, and their "rank" is #7!
http://www.reverbnation.com/thepowersquids

Who knows what that means, but I wouldn't worry about those silly rankings. I think it may refer to how popular the band is on ReverbNation, when compared to other artists of that genre. So I think the GD, is classified as "Rock" on ReverbNation, and they are the 226th most downloaded/listened to Rock band on the website.

This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2012-05-22 15:45:39

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 22, 2012 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reverb Nation gives GD a rank #226 - WtF!?

The LMA has 5284 bands with over 100,000 tapes. There are huge bands and small bands. There are old "name" bands and new "unknown" bands. There are all types of genres. Some bands on the LMA include videos with the Audio recordings of their shows.

The Archive's "upload membership" is simple for any band to join. All their media, files, uploads, and webpages created on The Archive can be managed, formatted, and made into templates. They can be modified, grouped, upgraded, changed, removed, adopted, edited or ignored.

Include links to the band's websites by using hyperlinks in the Notes Section for each LMA item added. Social media "sharing' features are built into The Archive's embedded flow player. Web Designers can be creative and flexible when they use the LMA. Results vary based upon how much time, effort, and knowledge you put into it.

The record store owner thinks Reverb Nation is all the shit. I think The Archive is way, way better than Reverb Nation. What do you and your band friends think? Why not use LMA? (same question to adks12020 or anyone else)

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Poster: adks12020 Date: May 22, 2012 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reverb Nation gives GD a rank #226 - WtF!?

I definitely agree that LMA is better. I wouldn't even know what reverb nation was if it wasn't for my friends telling me to check out their page.

I'd have to ask them why they went that route but my guess is that they just don't have anyone recording them live right now. If they did I'm sure they'd want to be on LMA. They'd definitely have more fans if they did; their album is pretty good but it doesn't do their live shows justice.

Hell, if I had the equipment I'd do it for them.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 22, 2012 11:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reverb Nation gives GD a rank #226 - WtF!?

"...my guess is that they just don't have anyone recording them live right now. If they did I'm sure they'd want to be on LMA"

That was my point to the record store-owning businessman. He is also into promoting local bands and providing a venue for live music (in the back of his store). He was telling me how he 'wants to hit a homerun' with 'big shows' in the business. I was telling him it is approachable by creating projects and getting himself on the map.

I was trying to remind him about the positive-feedback effects that tapers would bring to the table, and how best to integrate that social networking buzz online.

We both agreed that Colorado is home base to several of the best live music bands, and several of the best live music venues that are out there. These bands and these venues puts lots of hard work into their respective selves over the years, and it shows.

In the case of Fort Collins, it's true: we have a huge amount of live music, many bands performing, many venues, and many musicians. I still can't understand why this businessman, and so many bands on Reverb Nation, don't appear to 'get it'.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: May 22, 2012 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reverb Nation gives GD a rank #226 - WtF!?

Well, I believe my friend chose ReverbNation over the LMA, because all the material he uploaded was studio recorded, rather than live. Also, as that record store owner noted, people think ReverbNation is the shit! Maybe it's the sleek look? As great as the LMA is, it doesn't have a sleek modern feel to it, which is a turnoff for many people unfortunately.

If it were my band, I would make my material available on ReverbNation, the LMA, Facebook, YouTube, etc. And that would just be a start. Obviously the more platforms you make yourself available on, the more exposure you will gain. He plans on getting an agent soon, so if that eventually transpires I'm curious to see how they will try to reach out at that point. They also don't have anyone taping them right now. They have a few videos though, which they shared on YouTube, and they also generate much of their exposure through Facebook.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 22, 2012 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reverb Nation gives GD a rank #226 - WtF!?

Yes, the LMA items are required to be live recordings at shows only, and no compilations of multiple dates in single items. But, bands and artists can extend the LMA limits by using The Archive's other collections to put up additional materials... as long as they are non-commecial materials only.

It looks like 21st century bands need a Chief Engineer who is an agent, lawyer, soundman, audio/video engineer, IT engineer, with a Ph D in Social Networking and Music History. Bands need someone who can "do everything".

Several months ago I replied to a Craigs List ad where a local band with original material was looking for an agent. I hooked up with them at a practice one night. I told the band I could help them out by putting it all together for them online. I said I felt it was very important to get enthusiastic tapers recording them and videotaping them at shows. I said I had seen other local "name" bands doing that. It is a great way to bridge the gap between getting people to gigs, and selling songs and CDs to people.

The bandleader told me he wanted someone who could get them gigs and bookings, like a traditional agent. That's not me, but if I tried doing that for them, the band would have to be very good for me to put myself out there on the line for them. I'm not looking for that. I'm just looking to help out, or get involved in some cool projects, if I can.

Here's another Craigs List ad that's similar:
"Northern Colorado rock band with tons of gigs seeks a Social Media Rock Star to join our team.

Must be highly adept in all social media.

We aren't as interested in Facebook "Likes" as we are in creating a buzz to get people to our shows, tell all of their friends, Forward, Post, Tweet, YouTube, Pin, Digg, Text and most of all, ACT!"

http://fortcollins.craigslist.org/web/3008318934.html